Governor elect Jay Inslee claims victory at his Seattle headquarters.
Republican Rob McKenna conceded Washington's governors race late this afternoon (which is really a shame, because I sure was looking forward to at least a few more days of mocking him about his electoral math), prompting Democrat Jay Inslee to call an impromptu press conference to claim victory.
"I represent 100 percent of the people of Washington State, starting tonight," Inslee told a cheering crowd of staffers, just in time to make it live onto the 6:30 p.m. news.
I'll give McKenna credit: It was a menschy thing to do, to concede now so that Inslee's team could enjoy their weekend, rather than unnecessarily dragging this out for days or longer. Of course, it wasn't so menschy that once again The Stranger was not even notified of his announcement.
More thoughts a little later on this sudden end to the governors race.
UPDATE: Just wanted to take a moment to point out that The Stranger was the only media outlet to call this election for Inslee, and the balls to call it on Tuesday night. And it wasn't just bravado or hubris or booze (though there was a little of all three). We ran the numbers in advance of the election and consulted experts we trusted after the ballots dropped. It was an informed conclusion.
I mention this not just to gloat, but to point out that all this whining about having to wait to learn the outcome of the governor's race was bullshit. Anybody who understood the math understood that Inslee was almost certainly the winner.